Speaker lineup for IWF Closets Symposium

ATLANTA - The 2022 IWF Closets Symposium will be held Monday, Aug. 22 at Georgia World Convention Center in Atlanta, one day before the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) begins.

The full-day session, sponsored by Closets & Organized Storage, CCF Industries and Richelieu Hardware, will offer attendees a chance to learn the latest industry research, design trends, and business and marketing advice.

The event lineup features the following speakers:

Laurel Didier, Closets & Organized Storage magazine: Didier is publisher of Closets & Organized Storage as well as the Closets Conference & Expo show manager.

Eric Marshall, ACSP

Eric Marshall, Kitchens and Closets by DEA: Marshall (MSD) is president of the Association of Closet & Storage Professionals (ACSP). He has been in the closet industry for nearly 40 years and now heads up Kitchens and Closets by DEA.

David Cutler, The Closet Works Inc: Cutler founded The Closet Works, Inc. in 1990. The Closet Works has dealers in 15 states, including Florida.

Christina Relyea, JB Cutting Inc: Relyea has more than 20 years’ experience at JB Cutting, Inc. and serves on two industry associations, ACSP where she is incoming President, and AWFS (Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers).

Gary LeBlanc, Richelieu Hardware: LeBlanc is the director of Major Kitchen Accounts for Richelieu Hardware. He currently serves on the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Communications and Associates Committee and is a past board member. He has also served on the boards of the National Building Materials Distribution Association & Architectural Woodworking Association and the current corporate liaison to the Cabinet Makers Association.

Ken Kumph, Premier Builders: Kumph is president of Premier Builders and has an active role in the day-to-day operations with sales, estimating, and business management. He serves currently as the president of the Cabinet Makers Association and is an active member of the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Christian Smedberg, Weinig Holz-Her USA: Smedberg is Marketing Manager at Weinig Holz-Her USA. He is a Brand Image Builder - Developing brands in the woodworking, building materials, and kitchen and bath industry.

To register, visit iwfatlanta.com.


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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.